Research

The Summit Center has an active Research Program and we encourage research collaborations with area colleges and universities.

Research at the Summit Center focuses on any changes to the instruction, methods, or procedures presented to the individuals we serve. Any variance from our manualized treatment and intervention package requires careful planning and oversight by a professional with experience in program and research design.

If you are a student or faculty and would like to contribute to our established research agenda or if you have any questions about conducting research with The Summit Center, please contact us at 716-629-3400.

Due to the volume of interest in pursuing research projects with people with autism, all research proposals must be approved by the Summit Center’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

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Areas of Interest

  • Effective Instructional Strategies for Students
  • Long-Term Outcomes of Students of EIBI
  • Social Skills Development
  • Functional Assessment and Treatment of Challenging Behaviors
  • Staff Training
  • Increasing Physical Activity and Healthy Eating
  • Behavioral Safety

Publications and Presentations

Members of The Summit Center’s staff have made significant contributions to the scientific literature and community by publishing and presenting their research.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications:

Armstrong, A., Knapp, V. M., & McAdam, D. B. (2014). Functional analysis and treatment of diurnal bruxism of a 16-year-old girl with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 47, 415-419. doi: 10.1002/jaba.122

Knapp, V. M., Simmons, L., Verstraete, S. K., & McAdam, D.B. (2012). Assessment and treatment of feeding-related problem behaviors of a 16-year-old girl with PDD-NOS: A school-based case study. Clinical Case Studies, 11, 276-284. doi: 10.1177/1534650112457019.

Lopata, C., Toomey, J. A., Thomeer, M. L., McDonald, C. A., Fox, J. D., Smith, R. A., Meichenbaum, D. L., Volker, M. A., Lee, G. K., & Lipinski, A. (2014). Community trial of a comprehensive psychosocial treatment for HFASDs. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 30, 115-125. doi: 10.1177/1088357614525662

Skotarczak, L., & Lee, G. K. (2015). Effects of parent management training programs on disruptive behavior for children with a developmental disability: A meta-analysis. Research In Developmental Disabilities, 38272-287. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2014.12.004

Book Chapters:

Knapp, V. M. & McAdam, D. B. (2012). Differential Reinforcement. In F. Volkmar (Ed), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Lee, G., Sung, C, Skotarczak, L., Thomeer, M. (2015). Community health interventions for people with developmental disabilities [book chapter]. Community oriented health services: Practice across disciplines. New York, NY, US: Springer Publishing Company.

McAdam, D. B. & Knapp, V. M. (2012). Overcorrection. In F. Volkmar (Ed), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

McAdam, D. B. & Knapp, V. M. (2012).Omission Training. In F. Volkmar (Ed), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Napolitano, D.A., Knapp, V. M., Speares, E., McAdam, D.B. & Brown, H. (2012). The Role of Functional Assessment in Treatment Planning. In J. Matson (Ed). Functional Assessment and Treatment of Problem Behavior.

Professional Presentations:
Abdulla, G. (2014, October). The use of stimulus cues and differential schedules of reinforcement to address inappropriate vocalizations and ear covering. In S.K. Verstraete (Chair) & D.A. Napolitano (Discussant), The use of stimulus cues and differential schedules of reinforcement to decrease high frequency challenging behaviors in children and adolescents with autism. Symposium conducted at the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Brehm, A. Petruzzella, D., Chambers, S., & Knapp, V.M. (2015, March). Teaching an Object Exchange to Decrease Pica in a Young Boy with Autism. Poster presented at the 5th annual convention of the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts in Seattle, WA.

Gerhardt P. F., Knapp, V.M., Long, E. (2014, January). Biggest Clinical Failures: Lessons Learned. Panel discussion presented at the Council for Autism Services, Las Vegas, NV.

Graff, R. B., Knapp, V. M., & Matthews, K. (2014, March). Addressing Client and Staff Safety in School and Clinical Settings: Practical and Regulatory Issues. Workshop presented at the 4th annual convention for the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts, New Orleans, LA.

Hickman, M. A., Knapp, V. M., Toomey, J. A., Anderson, S. R., Jablonski, A. L., & Honer, K. B. (2012, May). The Classroom Achievement Project: An Experimental Analysis of a Comprehensive Staff Training Package. In E. S. Long (chair) Evaluation of Three Comprehensive Training Models for Staff Working with Students with Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Paper presented at the 38th annual conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Seattle, WA.

Jablonski, A. L., Knapp, V. M., & Honer, K. B. (2013, May). Ethical Issues in Home-Based Behavioral Intervention. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Minneapolis, MN.

Knapp, V. M. (2012, October). Let’s Talk About Sex. Workshop presented for the Center for Autism Support and Education, Getzville, NY.

Knapp, V. M., Forgione, J., & Moyer, K.C. (2014, March). Strategies for Surviving Puberty with Boys: Autism and Sexual Behavior. Workshop presented for the Western New York Regional Center for Autism.

Knapp, V. M., Hickman, M. A., & Toomey, J. A. (2015, March). Staff Training, Acceptability of Treatment, and Evidence-Based Practice. In K. Matthews (chair) Evidence Based Training Practices: An Examination of Acceptability, Efficiency and Effectiveness. Symposium presented at the 5th annual convention of the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts in Seattle, WA.

Napolitano, D.A., Oakes, L., Smith, T. & Knapp, V. M. (2013, March). The Use of Social Scripts, Response Interruption, and Reinforcement. In R. H. LaRue (chair) Translational Research Improves Cliniciansí Capacity to Provide Robust Intervention. Paper presented at the 3rd annual convention of the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts, Las Vegas, NV.

Oakes, L., Napolitano, D., Smith, T, & Knapp. V.M. (2012, May). An Innovative Behavioral Treatment for Restrictive, Rigid Behaviors Displayed by Persons with ASD. Poster presented at the 11th annual conference for the International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Shaflucas, J. (2014, October). The use of stimulus cues and differential schedules of reinforcement to address disruptive behavior. In S.K. Verstraete (Chair) & D.A. Napolitano (Discussant), The use of stimulus cues and differential schedules of reinforcement to decrease high frequency challenging behaviors in children and adolescents with autism. Symposium conducted at the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Verstraete, S.K., Lesinski, D., Romanowski-Bashe, P., & Bunce, K. (2014, October). ìI walk the lineî: A discussion of personal experiences with ABA with professionals in the field who have a child or family member with a disability. Panel discussion conducted at the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Wagle, J. (2014, October). The use of stimulus cues and differential schedules of reinforcement to address repetitive disruptive behaviors. In S.K. Verstraete (Chair) & D.A. Napolitano (Discussant), The use of stimulus cues and differential schedules of reinforcement to decrease high frequency challenging behaviors in children and adolescents with autism. Symposium conducted at the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.